Sunday August 4 2019
ADL: 'Napoli evaluating many names'

Aurelio De Laurentiis assures Napoli are “evaluating many names other than James Rodriguez, Hirving Lozano and Mauro Icardi,” but has no Nicolas Pepe regrets.

“We are evaluating many names other than James Rodriguez, Lozano and Icardi,” the President told Sky Sport Italia.

“So much so that I made a large offer for Pepe, but we were unable to get him. Arsenal have five times the revenue of Napoli, so they will have simply offered him more money. Never mind, we’ll find another Pepe.

“The real money in football is in England now, but with Carlo Ancelotti, Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte back in Serie A, we hope to become great again in Italy too.”

De Laurentiis does not disguise Napoli interest in these three targets, although he is refusing to take James from Real Madrid unless it’s a loan with option to buy.

Icardi is refusing all offers other than Juventus, with Inter threatening to freeze him out for the remaining two years of his contract.

There are growing reports Lozano will join Napoli, as they’re ready to pay the €40m asking price, especially after PSV Eindhoven crashed out of the Champions League.

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